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by Carla Hinton Published: June 19, 2011

I saw Scott Williams (pictured) , author of “Church Diversity,” yesterday at a summer track meet here in Oklahoma City.

When we talked briefly about my recent story on his new book, Williams asked me if I had known ahead of time that the Southern Baptist Convention was going to talk as much as it did about diversity in leadership at the denomination’s annual meeting last week (June 14-15).

The story on Williams and his book on church diversity ran the Saturday before the SBC’s annual meeting in Phoenix. I knew that ethnic diversity was to be a topic, but I had no way of knowing there would be as much talk about it at the meeting which was shown via live streaming video.

Williams, in his book, makes the argument that churches need to intentionally ensure that their leadership staff is ethnically diverse to help the congregation become more ethnically diverse. Well the SBC delegates voted to approve a recommendation from their Executive Committee that called for the denomination’s leader to be encouraged to appoint ethnically diverse leaders to fill various leadership roles.

At the time that I was writing the story on Williams, I had no  idea that a large denomination would be discussing some of the very things he had talked about. Like I said, I knew the SBC was going to consider ethnic diversity in because the matter was on its agenda, but I didn’t know any of the details.

It all proved to be quite  interesting.

I sure wanted to tell Williams that I had thought it all out beforehand and planned it that way, but I didn’t.

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor  

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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